Sutton Community Fund grants news….

Eleven local groups will share over £45,000 from the latest round of Sutton Community Fund grants to help them provide services and activities for residents of Sutton into 2017 and beyond.

The Community Fund programme, financed by Sutton Council and administered by the Sutton Centre for the Voluntary Sector (Sutton CVS), supports projects that benefit Sutton residents, meet local priorities and help build community and developmental assets in the borough.

The list of fund recipients for 2017 is as follows:

Surrey Youth Focus £5000

Knots Art £4595

RACE £1680

Refugee & Migrant Network Sutton £2662

Riverside Community Association £1975

Riverside Community Association £5650

Sutton Mencap £5467

Carshalton Beeches Baptist Free Church £3200

Gary Mason Charity £3000

In Unity Ltd £5000

St Teresa’s Church £5000

Together We Create £3600

A full list of the awards and how they will be used is below.

David Hobday, CEO of Sutton Mencap, said:

“We would like to thank the Sutton Community Fund for its award of a grant to Sutton Mencap. This funding will enable us to continue to offer our very popular Breakaways service, which provides weekend activities for adults with a learning disability, whilst giving parents and family members a break from their caring responsibilities.

Having a local grants fund which understands the needs of local communities makes a huge difference for organisations like ours and the people we support. We are very grateful to Sutton Council for their support through the Sutton Community Fund.”

Hazel East, Session Leader at Knots Art, said:

“A grant from the Sutton Community Fund means that we can continue to provide fun and exciting sessions for girls with autism and social communication difficulties living in and around Sutton. For many girls that attend this is their only social interaction each week and it is vital that they have a safe space in which they can make friends with others who understand the difficulties that they face. We are hugely grateful for the support.”

Cllr Simon Wales, Deputy Leader of Sutton Council and Lead Member for Finance, Assets and the Voluntary Sector, said:

“We want to congratulate the local organisations that have been successful in their applications. There is a strong voluntary sector in Sutton and this funding will go towards securing the future of these local organisations and supporting them to deliver their invaluable work in our community.

“We’ll be working closely with our partners across the voluntary sector as we strive to deliver brilliant and cost-effective services for Sutton residents in the years to come. The Community Fund grants will help them to prepare for this challenge.”

Applications for Sutton Community Fund grants of between £300 and £1000 from the next round of funding are open until Monday 3 April 2017. You can find out more on the Sutton CVS website here, and Sutton CVS will be happy to answer questions you may have or offer assistance completing the application form.

Notes to editors

The Community Fund awarded the following seven applications full grant funding:

1. Focus Surrey
Charity number: N/A Company number: N/A

Amount allocated: £5,000

This project will help children with ASD improve their communication, social and play skills, provide a friendly, inclusive and sociable environment for parents/ carers and siblings and provide training for tutors and young volunteers.

2. Knots Art 
Charity number: N/A Company number: 8631074

Amount allocated: £4,590

Funding will support weekly social activity sessions specifically for girls with autism or social communication difficulties. Art, drama and games activities are tailored to support social interaction. They will also work closely with parents to find ways to explore issues relevant to the group.

3. RACE 
Charity number: XT36173 Company number: N/A

Amount allocated: £1,680

Funding allocated to support the sustainability of ongoing group exercise within the community for up to 12 people with cardiovascular disease.

4. Refugee & Migrant Network Sutton 
Charity number: 11050500 Company number: 08026961

Amount allocated: £2,662

Improving systems to allow more time giving advice to clients, reducing waiting times for clients and to improve monitoring of service performance.
5. Riverside Community Association Limited
Charity number: 1156422 Company number: 8555270

Amount allocated: £1,975

Funding allocated to help achieve the PQASSO quality standard Level 1, which will help the organisation run more effectively and efficiently.

6. Riverside Community Association Limited

Charity number: 1156422 Company number: 8555270

Amount allocated: £5,650

Funding will help them achieve the London Youth Quality Mark, Bronze Level: a leading quality standard for organisations working with young people in the voluntary sector. Organisations working in partnership under this bid include: My Time for Young Carers, The Springboard Project, In Unity UK and the Riverside Community Association.

7. Sutton Mencap

Charity number: 1080514 Company number: 03915936

Amount allocated: £5,467

Funding allocated to continue the Breakaways in-house service for a year. The service consists of alternate Friday night and Saturday day time groups for mainly younger adults with a learning disability. This bid aims to improve mental health and wellbeing through tackling social isolation, improve mental health and wellbeing for carers and help people with a learning disability play a greater part in community life.
The Community Fund awarded the following five applications partial grant funding:
1. Carshalton Beeches Baptist Free Church

Charity number: 1130318 Company number: N/A

Amount allocated: £3,200

Funding allocated towards providing a ramp for disabled access.

2. Gary Mason Rhythmical Charitable Foundation

Charity number: 1140518 Company number: N/A

Amount allocated: £3,300

Funding allocated towards the costs of hand drumming therapy session facilitation.

3. In Unity Ltd

Charity number: N/A Company number: 07808693

Amount allocated: £5,000

Funding allocated to support the delivery of a youth project held at the Phoenix Centre

4. St Teresa’s Church
Charity number: 235468 Company number: N/A

Amount allocated: Up to £5,000

Funding allocated to develop an older people’s project aimed at alleviating isolation, increasing intergenerational work and improving life skills.

5. Together We Create

Charity number: 1140617 Company number: N/A

Amount allocated: £3,600

Funding allocated to help reduce anti-social behaviour, unite the Hamptons Community and improve parental engagement and support the development of family boundaries, so as to ensure that there is a long-term change in the area.

Woodland walk to put a spring in your step


Moss grows on a tree branch in Queen Mary’s Woodland, Carshalton Beeches. (Picture courtesy of Sutton Nature Conservation Volunteers).

Sutton residents have the opportunity to enjoy an early-morning spring birdsong chorus on Sunday 1 May at Queen Mary’s Woodland, Carshalton.

The event, run by Sutton Council’s Biodiversity Team, begins at 5am and costs £5 per person for the unique chance to learn about bird calls from the experts.

Attendees will also be able to find out more about some of the fantastic events which the Biodiversity Team have planned for the spring and summer.

Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environments and Neighbourhoods Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“As the weather gets warmer and the mornings a little brighter this is a great opportunity for anyone with an interest in the wonderful wildlife of our borough to learn more from our biodiversity experts.

“It’s an early start but don’t let that put you off. Anyone who’d like to know more about our work keeping Sutton green should definitely make a date in their diary.”

Some of the birdsongs attendees may hear include nuthatch, blackbird, long-tailed tit and greater spotted woodpecker. Prior booking is essential – you can find out how to reserve your place with the Sutton Ecology Centre here.

Diana Hurter, Treasurer for Sutton Nature Conservation Volunteers group, said:

“I love the violets that grow here at Queen Mary’s Woodland. The new paths planned for the woodland will make this a real wildlife haven that everyone can enjoy.

“If you manage to get up early enough for our dawn chorus event you’ll have a special experience of what this woodland has to offer!”

Queen Mary’s Woodland originally formed part of the grounds of the former Queen Mary’s Hospital for Children which closed in 1993. The estate has since been developed for new housing, with the woodland being transferred to the London Borough of Sutton.


– The Queen Mary’s Woodland project is funded by £300,000 of Planning Gain money, given to the London Borough of Sutton under a Section 106 Planning Gain agreement.

– The London Borough of Sutton will be working closely with Sutton Nature Conservation Volunteers and other local groups over the next two years.

– This is the first public event under this programme. There will be a launch event once the planned walkway improvements are complete.

Historic Carshalton deeds return to Sutton thanks to generosity of local historical society

Members of the Carshalton and District History and Archaeology Society (CADHAS) inspect the borough deeds they helped purchase with borough archivist Kath Shawcross (far left) at the Sutton Archive in Central Library.

More than 60 rare historical deeds documenting 100 years of Sutton history have returned to the borough thanks to the generosity of the Carshalton and District History and Archaeology Society (CADHAS).

CADHAS funded three-quarters of the cost of the 64 deeds, which cover more than 100 years of the Barrow Hedges Estate in Carshalton in the 18th and 19th centuries, to enable Sutton Archives to afford the purchase cost of £500. The deeds were sold to Sutton Archives by a private dealer.

Before this acquisition the Archive had only nine deeds of the Barrow Hedges Estate in its possession.

Kath Shawcross, Borough archivist at Sutton Council, said:

“A few months ago we were offered the deeds for purchase by an historian looking to sell the documents. We want to thank CADFAS for their generously funding of three-quarters of the £500 price to enable us to purchase the documents for the borough.

“The 64 deeds will really help us understand the development of the Barrow Hedges Estate area south of Carshalton Road. The earliest deed we have is 1783 and the most recent 1928.

“We only had nine deeds in our possession before, so this additional purchase is of immense value and will enable us to learn more about the history of the borough. Without the generous assistance of CADHAS we would have been able to bring these precious documents back to Sutton.”

CADHAS members have visited the library to view the deeds.

Richard Fitch, CADHAS Secretary, said:

“We are delighted to assist Sutton Archive with the purchase of these fascinating historical documents and bring them back to the borough. We are pleased to do our part in bringing back these deeds to the borough as they will enable us to learn more of Sutton’s history.

“The deeds will be kept safely in the library and made available to anyone who wants to view them. It’s great to bring some of Sutton’s heritage back home.”

Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“We want to thank CADHAS for their generous financial gift that has enabled us to bring together more of Sutton’s history under one roof. These deeds will prove invaluable to historians or anyone in the borough wanting to learn more about life in Carshalton more than 200 years ago.”

The documents can be viewed by appointment in Sutton Central Library by telephoning Sutton Archives on 020 8770 4747.

Carshalton Beeches Viaduct/Banstead Road

Alan, Jill and Hamish have just received this message from council officers:
This is just a brief note to inform you about a road closure in Banstead Road to allow Network Rail engineers to inspect the viaduct.
The road will be closed from 00:00 to 06:00 Hrs on the 3rd and 4th of February 2016.
Diversions will be put in place and properly signed.

This Bank Holiday weekend….Why not visit historic Little Holland House, 40 Beeches Avenue, Carshalton

What is Little Holland House? Visit the former house of Frank R Dickinson (1874-1961), artist, designer and craftsman, who built his house between 1902-04 in the English Arts and Crafts style, following the teachings and philosophies of William Morris and John Ruskin.

Inside the Grade II listed interior are his hand-made furniture, paintings, interior decoration, carvings and metalwork, which still inspire visitors today. With very limited resources Dickinson built the house and its furniture himself. Further more information call 020 8770 4781. When: Sunday 24 and Monday 25 August, 1.30-5.30pm

Where: Little Holland House, 40 Beeches Avenue, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 3LW Entry: Group visits and guided tours available at £5 per person, outside normal opening hours.

A unique interpretation of the English Arts and Crafts Movement…

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OPEN Open 1.30pm – 5.30pm on the first Sunday of each month plus Bank Holiday Sunday & Monday (except Christmas and New Year) Admission free.  Wheelchair access to ground floor.

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How to get there:

40 Beeches Avenue,

By Rail: Carshalton Beeches (3 min. walk) or
Road: B278 (there is no off-street parking).
Location: Check the Little Holland House Map

For details call (020) 8770 4781

Group tours by arrangement – £5 per person to a maximum of 20.

In 2012 Little Holland House was given a Bronze Award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme for its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint by increasing insulation, renewing water tanks and replacing tungsten lighting.


Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee to be held on Tuesday 10th September 2013 at Carshalton Beeches Baptist Church from 7.30pm

Chairman Councillor Hamish Pollock says: “Do come along to our meeting of the Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee on Tuesday 10th September 2013 from 7.30pm. We’ll be meeting at Carshalton Beeches Baptist Church, Banstead Road, Carshalton, which is quite near the shopping parades.”

Carshalton Beeches Baptist Church
Carshalton Beeches Baptist Church

The agenda items will include:

LOCAL TRAFFIC AND PARKING SCHEMES for Grosvenor Avenue Traffic Calming Measures; Environmental Improvements Programme Report, then Stanley Park Road; Park Lane/Ruskin Road Traffic Lights/Crossing; Woodmansterne Road Pedestrian crossing;  Butter Hill Traffic Management proposals; Bandon Hill Primary Woodfield School Pedestrian Crossing- Stanley Park Road; Woodcote Road/Woodcote Green Traffic Management update for noting

SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT: Local Councillor Jill Whitehead is to give an update on Future Plans for Sustainable Transport in Sutton.

HEALTHWATCH SUTTON: Doris Richards is to introduce the new organisation

PUBLIC HEALTH: Sue Tree, Senior Public Health Commissioning Manager to talk about new local Public Health Functions.

THE WANDLE TRUST: Tim Longstaff, Development Officer to talk about The Wandle Trust’s projects including riverside improvements by Mill Lane etc.

USE OF STANLEY PARK RECREATIONAL GROUND: To note the decision of the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee.

PUBLIC REALM: There will be an update on Public Realm Projects.

Applications for Neighbourhood Grants will also be considered.

The next meeting will be held on 19th November at the same venue with the same start time. SEE YOU THERE!

Potholes Reported by Cllr. Jill Whitehead

Cllr. Jill Whitehead has recently reported a large number of pot holes in and around the Carshalton Central neighbourhood including:-

1) The length of Gordon Road in the approach to Carshalton Beeches railway station.

2) In the centre of Cambridge Road (off Carshalton Road) where there are some wide white hashed markings.

3) By tree in Milton Avenue close to junction with Shirley Avenue (on the part of Milton Avenue that is between Shirley Avenue and Brookfield Avenue), and potholes at all four corners of Milton and Shirley Avenues junction.

4) Outside no 46 Milton Avenue close to the pavement and outside nos 52 and 54 Milton Avenue (ditto), (on the part of Milton Avenue that is between Shirley Avenue and Brookfield Avenue).

5) By tree in Milton Avenue, in middle of road close to green triangle and the junction with Byron Gardens (on the part of Milton Avenue that is between Brookfield Avenue and Erskine Road – this part of the road is in poor condition generally).

6) Benhill Recreation Ground: Large potholes in the park path alongside the children’s playground on the Harold Road side.

7) Potholes in Byron Avenue close to the junction with Westmead Road, and at the junction of Byron Avenue with Byron Avenue East.

8) Potholes in Kingsley Avenue at junction with Byron Avenue East.

9) Pothole near drain outside no 9 Kingsley Avenue.

10) Potholes at junction of Cowper Avenue and Byron Avenue East.

11) Potholes at junction of Kingsley Avenue and Shirley Avenue.

We hope that these can be attended to before too long.